Amos Bridges Passed In Detroit
Relatives in this county were informed of the death of a young Trigg countian, Amos BRIDGES which occurred in Detroit, Michigan last Saturday, January 13.
Bridges was a graduate of Trigg County High School in the class of 1941 and was 25 years of age. he was stricken about 11 days before his death.
Funeral services were held at the home of his father in the Maple Grove section on Wednesday at 2 p.m. Burial was made in the old Thomas graveyard in the Oak Grove community. His  remains were accompanied from Detroit by Kenneth Hopson and M.D. Bridges and arrived in the county Tuesday.
Surviving are his father, Durward Bridges, his mother now Mrs Ruth Calhoun and other relatives of the county. He was affiliated with the Baptist Church at Oak Grove.
Cadiz Record Jan 1945


June 27, 1924
Splendid Citizen of Maple Grove Dead
End Came Last Friday Afternoon To Stanley Bridges At Fifty-Eight
Member Of Prominent Family And Wife And Three Children Survive Him.
Mr. D. Stanley Bridges, one of Trigg county's most highly respected citizens, died at his home near Maple Grove, nine miles south of Cadiz, last Friday afternoon at two o'clock.
An abscess of the lungs, with other complications, cause his death. For more than a year Mr. Bridges had not bee in the best of health, and for some weeks last winter he was confined to his room. As spring came on, he began to improve and was thought to be getting along nicely. A week or two ago he began to suffer from the abscess and drove to Cadiz on Sunday before his death to consult a physician.
Mr. Bridges was fifty eight years of age and had spent practically all his life in the neighborhood where he died. He was one of a large family of children and a son of the late Drew Bridges. Of this large family only four are living, one brother and three sisters - Mr. W. Henry Bridges, Mrs. B. M. Sumner, Mrs. Seldon T. Thomas and Mrs. Clay Carr, all of Trigg county. A half brother Garland Bridges, resides in Detroit.
After reaching manhood, something like thirty five years ago, he was united in marriage to Miss Jennie Thomas. Five children were born to this union. Two died when young and three survive, all grown - Messrs. Derward and Ira Bridges and Miss Ernestine Bridges. The heart broken wife also survives him.
Mr. Bridges united with the Baptist church when a young man and had always taken a special interest in his church, and had for years held his membership at Oak Grove. He was a very clever citizen, a successful farmer, a devoted and kind husband and father and a neighbor whom all liked, and in his death the county loses one of its very best and most honorable citizens.
Burial took place Saturday morning at the Thomas grave yard six miles south of town, with Masonic honors, and the funeral service was conducted by Rev. Keidel Thomas.
Cadiz Record


Mrs L.E. Bridges, 22 Dies At Hospital in Hopkinsville, Ky
Mrs Eddie Grace BRIDGES, 22 year old wife of Lawrence E. BRIDGES of Cadiz, Route 3 died Monday morning at the
Jennie Stuart Memorial Hospital where she was brought last Saturday for treatment.
She is survived by her husband, a four year old son, Johnny Bridges, her parents, Mr and Mrs Roy DAWSON, Trigg County; a sister Mrs Woodrow HERNDON, Corpus Christi, Texas.Cadiz
Record Apr 06 1944


"Aunt Bettie Bridges Died At Eight-Two End Came Monday
Afternoon to Splendid Old Lady Near Maple Grove

Widow of Starkie Bridges And Is Survived by Five Children

MRS. ELIZABETH BRIDGES, a highly respected old lady living near Maple Grove on Beachy Fork creek, died Monday  afternoon about four o'clock of infirmities due mainly to declining years.

She had been very feeble for some time, and her death had been hourly expected for some days before the end came. She was born January 1st, 1844, in Trigg county and was a   daughter of ALFRED LAWRENCE, long deceased, she being eighty two years of age last January.

She was united in marriage to S.T. BRIDGES back in the sixties, being his second wife, and was the mother of eight children. Five of these are living. -S.E. (Bud) Bridges, Drew M. Bridges and John R. Bridges of Trigg County; Sanford Bridges, of Mayfield, and Mrs. J.R. Harris, of Little Rock, Ark.

She united with Donaldson Baptist church many years ago, and remained a faithful member until her death. She was a very kind and good old lady and had many friends, and the deeds of loving kindness and thoughtfulness she delighted in on earth will be greatly missed in the neighborhood where she had so long resided.

Burial took place Tuesday afternoon at three o'clock at the Drew Bridges grave yard near her home.
Cadiz Record About 1926


Hop Bridges Dead Past Sixty-Eight
End Comes To Clever Wallonia Citizen After A Lingering Illness
Wife And Two Children And Brothers And Sisters Among Surviving Relatives
Mr. M. H. Bridges, a clever citizen of near Wallonia, died last Sunday at the old Dud Sanders place a mile north of Wallonia after a lingering illness. His condition had been feeble for some time, and his death had been expected for some time before the end came.
Mr. Bridges was born on Beechy Fork creek in Trigg county on May 15, 1859, and was the son of the late Sim Bridges. He grew to manhood in that section.
After reaching manhood he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Jane Sanders, of Wallonia section. To this happy union was born three children. One died some years ago, and Mr. Bridges is survived by the wife and two children, Norris Bridges and Miss Lelia Bridges.
He is also survived by two brothers and three sisters - W. J. Bridges, of Trigg county and John Bridges of Calloway county, and Mrs. John Sumner, Mrs. William Calhoun and Mrs. George Turner all of Trigg County.
Mr. Bridges was converted about thirty five years ago and joined the Baptist church. Later he joined the Christian church at Wallonia and remained a member until death.
He was a man held in highest esteem by his neighbors and friends and was a good man and citizen and esteemed by all.
Funeral and burial took place Monday afternoon at the Dunning graveyard near his home and the funeral service was conducted by his pastor, Rev. Mr. Wheeler a large number of sorrowing relatives and friends being present.
Cadiz Record

June 30, 1882 - Trigg Co Ky
John Bridges
Pays the Penalty of His Foul Deed by “Hanging by the Neck Until Dead”

Three thousand People in Town Today to Witness His Execution
He Dies Trusting Implicitly in the Forgiveness and Goodness of God
John Bridges, the murderer expiated his crime in the presence of 8,000 people today at 2:50 o’clock.  At 1 o’clock he was taken from the jail by Sheriff Boyd and conducted to the place of execution.  It was the intention of the sheriff to have made the affair private, but being unable to procure a suitable place without running the State to too great a cost, he yielded to the wishes of the condemned man and gave all who desired an opportunity of witnessing the last final judgment of the law.

John Bridges was twenty-five years and two months old.  He was born near Canton in this County, and was the son of Burel and Matt Bridges.  His mother is till living.  Before the Emancipation Proclamation of the President he was a slave and the property of William Barnes of Robertson County, Tenn.  His wife Martha Bridges whom he murdered, was also a slave and belonged to William Nance.  He had lived most of the time life of a day laborer, and his last labor he says was performed for Mr. Wink Dawson near Roaring Spring in this county.

He had been married about four years, and says that himself and wife had never gotten on agreeably, having had trouble on the very start.  The reason he has always continued to assign for killing her, was because of a threat he alleges she made to poison him, and this with other considerations, that he refused to mention, so preyed upon him, that he determined to force her to leave the neighborhood or kill her if she refused.  He had been endeavoring without success to persuade her to do this for some time, and finally on the fatal morning, arming himself with a shot gun he went over to give her a last opportunity, and upon her refusal, he shot her down.  After shooting her  his first intention was to make his escape, but fearing pursuit and capture, concluded it would be best to give himself up, not believing at the time, but that his lawyers could find a jury that would refuse to hang him, and that if the worst came to the worst, he preferred a life sentence in the Penitentiary to the life he had lived.  H was perfect satisfied that his lawyers did everything for him they could and that the jury that tried him discharged their duty, and that if more of them would do likewise there would be fewer crimes committed.  He hopes he is prepared to die, but to a few hours of the end confessed that he had his doubts.  He expressed a wish that his body after death should be delivered to his mother, and that he might be put away decently, and buried at his old home at Canton.

Upon arrival at the scaffold and after prayers and some very solemn and appropriate remarks by Rev. Thomas Ladd, he was asked by the Sheriff if he had any wishes to communicate, or any remarks to make to the multitude present.  He stated that he had no desire to see any of his friends and no remarks to make.  He regarded his sentence as just, and trusted he had made peace with his God.

At 2:30 o’clock the Black Cap was pulled over his face, and the drop fell.  At 50 minutes after 2 o’clock, the physicians announced that life was extinct; and the offended dignity of the law was peacefully vindicated.

His body was placed in a neat wooden coffin and was delivered over to his friends.  Thus has passed off the seventh public execution in Trigg county since its organization and we hope the example of John Bridges will be a warning to evil does, and that ages may pass before we shall be called upon to witness the like again.

Old County Resident Passes July 29
John T. Bridges was born in Trigg County at Maple Grove, February 15, 1874. He departed from this life on Saturday morning, July 29, 1944 at 5:40 o'clock at the Futrell Clinic, after an illness of about three weeks due to complications caused from heart trouble. He lived 70 years, five months and fourteen days.

He was the sixth child of Cullen T. and Virginia Thomas Bridges, deceased, and is survived by one brother, Jessie C. Bridges and two sisters, Mrs Ell Cunningham of the county and Mrs Ben Grigsby of Richmond, California. Three brothers Cleveland, Dale and Ghent, a sister Mrs Oro Thomas and two infants preceded him to the grave.
In 1898 he was united in marriage to Maggie Dora Cunningham, who survives. Eleven children were born to this union. Two, Lillie Jane and Queenie died in early childhood. The nine living are Mrs Jimmie F. Thomas, Mrs Homer Francis, Mrs Taylor Boyd, Carl Bridges, Mrs Preston Thomas, Elma Bridges, and Miss Allene Bridges, all of Trigg County except Pfc Elmo Bridges of the united States Army, who is in the Amphibian Engineers and is stationed in Dutch New Guinea. Besides the widow and nine children he leaves fifteen grandchildren, G. Edward Francis of the United States Navy, who attended the funeral, Lucille and Rex Francis, Douglas,Gertrude, Harry, Bobby, Buster, Nina, LaRue, Dale and Sue Ann Thomas, Rose Clare and Carl Trice Bridges and Carl Stanley Boyd.

Many years ago, he professed faith in Christ but never united with any church. He was a devoted husband and father, a good neighbor and was always interested in all activities that led to the development of community and civic welfare.

He will long be remembered and missed by a host of friends and acquaintances. During his life he worked at many different jobs among them contracting, surveying and farming. As a carpenter he build many houses, Barnes and other buildings in various sections of the county. As a surveyor he surveyed practically all of the county. He helped a great deal in carrying on the farm work at home. Besides all these things he served one term as magistrate from his home district.

Funeral services were held at his home near Maple Grove Sunday afternoon, July 30 at 3 o'clock with Rev. John T Cunningham conducting. He was laid to rest in the family burial ground at his old home place. The flowers were in charge of his granddaughters, Lucille Francis, Rose Clare Bridges, Gertrude, Nina, Larue and Dale   Thomas,granddaughter-in-laws, Mrs Ed Frans and Mrs Douglas
Thomas and niece Mrs Chaffin Moorefield. Pall bearers were his sons in law Jimmy Thomas, Homer Travis, Taylor Boyd,  Preston Thomas, Homer B Thomas and grandson Douglas Thomas.  The very large crowd who paid their last tribute of  respect to the deceased and the many floral offerings show the high esteem in which he was held by his many acquaintances and friends in this county.
Cadiz Record Aug 1944


Septicemia Claims Life of Mrs Clarence Bridges
Margaret Elizabeth BRIDGES, 18, wife of Clarence BRIDGES and the daughter of Mr and Mrs Raymond MIZE, Route 4 died last
Monday after a two weeks battle for her life at the Jennie Stuart Hospital in Hopkinsville.
Septicemia was given on the cause of her death.
Mrs Bridges was born n the Dyers Chapel community on December 2, 1926 and was a student at Trigg County
High School.
At an early age she joined Dyers Chapel Church and after her marriage she transferred her membership to Mt Zion Church where she remained a loyal and faithful member.
Funeral Services were held from Dyers Chapel Tuesday
afternoon at 3:30, Rev. J.A. McDowell assisted by Rev. J.A. Vire officiated, Burial was made at the Lawrence Graveyard at Dyers Chapel
Pallbearers were cousins of the deceased, William Mize, Haden Cameron, Durwood Cameron, Hubert Stewart, Will Josh Lawrence and Dennis Lawrence. Surviving are her husband, mother and father, three brothers, Reginald, Clifton and Lloyd and several other relatives.
Cadiz Record Sep 1944


Funeral services for Morris Dale "M.D." Bridges, 82, of Reidland, Paducah, formerly of Maple Grove in Trigg County, were conducted on March 17, 2001, at Milner and Orr Funeral Home in Paducah.

Burial followed in the Woodlawn Memorial Gardens in McCracken County.

Mr. Bridges died on March 15 at Western Baptist Hospital.

Mr. Bridges was born on September 6, 1918, in Trigg County.  He was the son of the late Ira Clifton and Flo Bridges Bridges.

Mr. Bridges was married on November 19, 1939 to his wife of nearly 62 years, Lora Dean Cunningham Bridges.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Ira C. Bridges, Jr.

Survivors include his wife; six children Walter E. Bridges, Jerry D. Bridges and Flora L. Smith of Reidland, Rodger A. Bridges of Kevil, Ky., Linda m. Parish of Louisville, and Lanny M. Bridges of Senatobia, MS; six in law; 14 grandchildren; two sisters, Barbara B. McBride of Orleans, Ind., and Fried aB. Sumner of Cadiz; and several nieces and nephews.


July 17, 1927
Cadiz Record
N. Dale Bridges Claimed By Death
Lingering Illness Of Some Months Results In Death July Twenty-Seventh
Of Popular Trigg County Citizen At His Home Near Maple Grove
Mr. Mark Dale Bridges one of Trigg county's most splendid citizens died on July 27th at his home near Maple Grove some eight miles south of Cadiz.
Since early spring Mr. Bridges had not enjoyed the best of health. His first trouble seemed to be a rheumatic trouble. Special treatment for the trouble seemed to bring no relief and his condition continued to grow more official.
More than two weeks ago he was taken to Paducah and for a week was under the most strict examination of specialists of that city. His condition was found to be what the physicians regarded as critical.
On the afternoon of the 27th he returned to his home in Trigg county. He was taken in an ambulance from Gracey to the home, and just as he was taken onto the porch at the home from the ambulance, he breathed his last.
The announcement of his death was unexpected by his many friends and its suddenness proved a great shock and brought deep sorrow to all.
Mr. Bridges was a native of Trigg county and had resided here all his life. He was the third son of the late Cullen T. Bridges and was born on November 7th, 1871, making him fifty five years of age last November.
After reaching young manhood he was united in marriage to Miss Mallie Lancaster and the wife and four children survive him. The children are Percy D. Bridges and Mrs. Ira Bridges, of Trigg county, and Mrs. Mark McCarty and Eugene Bridges, both of Paducah. He is also survived by three brothers and three sisters; G. A., John T., and Jesse C. Bridges. Mrs. Robert H. Thomas and Mrs. Rose Cunningham of Trigg county, and Mrs. Ben Grigsby of Marked Tree, Ark.
He has hosts of other relatives in Trigg county and in other sections.
On September 3, 1887, he united with Donaldson Creek Baptist church. He moved his membership to Oak grove in 1902, and had since been a member of the church. He had also been an officer in the church much of the time and was ever active in the affairs of his church and the spiritual betterment of his fellowmen.
Aside from his farming operations, he had for many years been the representative for the county of a prominent monument firm, and enjoyed a wide acquaintance throughout his county and this section of the state.
He was also a member of the local chapter, Son of Confederate Veterans, and had attended perhaps more Confederate Reunions than most of an person in Trigg County.
Dale Bridges had lived the life of a thorough Christian gentleman, and was one of the county's very best citizens. He practiced in his daily walk and conversation the religion he professed and was always found on the side of the best and highest in the civic and political affairs of the county. He was progressively in his ideas and believed in a better day and better things as time passed on.
Devoted to his family and his friends, he was a good neighbor and friend and indulgent father and a devoted husband, and no man in all the county stood higher in the estimation of the people. Truly, the county has sustained a great loss in his untimely death.
Friday afternoon at the family grave yard near the place of his birth, his remains were consigned to their last resting place. One of the largest crowd ever seen at a funeral service in all the sections was present to pay a last tribute to the memory of their friend and neighbor. The funeral service was conducted by the pastor Rev. John T. Cunningham of Princeton.


WILLIAM WALTER, son of MR. AND MRS. BILLY CUNNINGHAM, died Jan 10th 1901, aged 3 years and 8 months, PRESTON DALE son MR AND MRS DALE BRIDGES, died Dec 6th 1900, aged 1 year and 7 months. Loving parents rest contented that your little ones have been tenderly waited across the celestial shore, which for them was only little streamlets, and have entered the city where the purest blossoms never fade in the valley of eternal bliss; where the sable pinion of the night never shadows the cloudless skies; far beyond the dismal scenes of sickness and death. May the blessed healer visit the heartbroken parents in their lonely hours and enable them to bear their sad realities; and when length of years makes them tired of earthly joys and the sable curtains of death gently close around the scene of their existence may the angels of God attend their bed and take care that the expiring lamp of life shall not receive one ruse blast to hasten its extinction. Thus prepared may they enter into the holy land of everlasting rest where their little angels are singing songs of glory, sitting at the feet of the great Teacher who said "Learn of me", with angels for companions through ages of happiness that shall never end.
Farewell depart ones;
Brother, son, farewell.
We feel, we know that they are gone,
Amont the blest, to dwell


January 23, 1926
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Bridges Lose Their Baby Son
On the night of January 23, at ten o'clock, the dark angel of death came into our home and took from us our only child, Roy Hopson Bridges, aged three years and six month. Our home is so sad and lonely without him, but only God knows best. Poor little thing, how he suffered so long and so hard. I cannot speak his name without shedding tears. How we loved him. Everybody loved him and nothing but time can ease our aching hearts and in a measure subdue the sorrow of his broken hearted loved ones at home. We greatly sympathize with the one that would say to us, death cometh when least expected, often taking from us those we love, yet there is a blessed hope that we can meet our dear little one where there will be no more parting. God sent this little one to brighten the lives of her parents a short time and has seen fit in his wisdom to take him home where he will be a little angel and with the angels dwell.
The end was so peaceful that we would not have known when his spirit took its flight had we not been watching so closely. The last thing he said was, "Mama, give me a drink. Oh, how I can hear that little voice as it would call me to do something for him, and oh, how I always tried to be ready and waiting for his call.
Peaceful be they silent slumber,
Peaceful in thy grave so low
Thought no more will join our number;
Though no more our tears shall know.
Dearest darling thou hath left us here
They loss we deeply feel;
But if is God that has bereft us;
He can all our sorrows heal.
But again we hope to meet thee
When the cares of life have fled;
Then in heaven with joy greet thee.
Where no farewell tears are shed.

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